Vernier Launches Its 2014 Summer Institute Series for Science and STEM Educators

A full day of activities provides educators with hands-on training to help them integrate data-collection technology into their science curriculum

BEAVERTON, Oregon, May 1, 2014 – This summer, Vernier Software & Technology will offer more than 20 full-day, hands-on training institutes to help science and STEM teachers integrate data-collection technology into their science curriculum. Educators can select from either general or subject-specific institutes, during which they will work alongside a training specialist and use Vernier’s award-winning line of hardware and software technology to explore classroom-ready experiments and activities. 

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PresenceLearning Adds Occupational Therapy Assessments to Its Service Offerings for Schools

Online occupational therapy assessments increase efficiency and eliminate bottlenecks in special education programs

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2014 – Limited access to qualified occupational therapists affects schools’ ability to assess student needs for occupational therapy (OT) and deliver the prescribed services. To help schools meet the legal mandate for timely evaluation of students with special needs, PresenceLearning has added online assessments to its OT and speech therapy offerings. 

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KidWind Names Inaugural National KidWind Challenge Champions

A total of 33 student teams traveled to Washington DC to compete in the National KidWind Challenge during the USA Science & Engineering Festival

(Washington DC and Saint Paul, MN) April 29, 2014 – KidWind, the international leader of clean energy education, announces the champions of its first-ever National KidWind Challenge which was held on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The event, which took place during Washington DC’s USA Science & Engineering Festival, brought together 138 students from across the nation who have a passion for renewable energy and engineering to compete for the championship title in either the middle school or high school divisions and a $1,000 cash grand prize for each division team. The winning teams are:

  • Middle School Division – Wind Surfers from DeAnza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA) in Ventura, Calif. 
  • High School Division – Blade Runners from Copley High School in Copley, Ohio.  

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SPARK Classroom Curriculum Adds Video Content for Physically Active Instruction Breaks

New Fast Break videos add more physical activity opportunities to the school day 

San Diego, CA, April 29, 2014 — Active Living Research found that participating in physical activity during lesson breaks can help improve students’ on-task behavior and some measures of health, yet educators are sometimes at a loss on how to seamlessly incorporate physical activity into their lessons. SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education (PE) program, has added five-minute Fast Break Videos to its Classroom Activity & Recess program, SPARKabc’s. The Fast Break Videos provide educators with a quick and visual tool for getting students active in-between lessons, allowing them to expel excess energy and refocus for the coming task.

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Jeff Owen joins School Loop Inc. as VP of Sales and Marketing

San Francisco, CA April 29, 2014 – Jeff Owen, a 15-year education technology veteran, has joined School Loop, Inc., a software services provider for K-12 school districts, as VP of sales and marketing. Owen most recently was Vice President of Operations for School Innovations & Achievement (SI&A). He led the growth of SI&A as a software services provider to K-12 districts in California, and brings a wealth of practical experience and relationships to his new role at School Loop.

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Vernier Names Winners of Its 2014 Engineering Contest

STEM educators awarded cash and technology prizes valued at $5,500 each for their creative use of sensors to teach engineering concepts 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, April 29, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology named Deborah Munro of the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon; Gary Garber of Boston University Academy in Boston, Massachusetts; and, Julianne King of the Regina Caeli Academy in Spring, Texas as the winners of the 2014 Vernier Engineering Contest. Each of these college, high school and middle school instructors, respectively, creatively used Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts or practices in the classroom.

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Vernier’s Connected Science System® and Graphical Analysis™ for iPad® Named 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards Finalists

Vernier’s science and STEM-based technologies recognized by industry-leading award for their software excellence

BEAVERTON, Oregon, April 24, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology was recognized as a finalist in the 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards for both its Connected Science System® and Graphical Analysis™ for iPad® app. The industry-leading awards program recognized the technologies for their software excellence in the Best Science/Heath Instructional Solution and Best Educational App for a Mobile Device category, respectively. 

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Teachscape Effectiveness Platform Named a Winner of ComputEd Gazette’s 2014 BESSIE Awards

Platform recognized in Teacher Tools category under District-wide Professional Development Website

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2014 – The Teachscape Effectiveness Platform was named a winner of ComputED Gazette’s 2014 Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIE Awards), which targets innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. The platform was recognized in the Teacher Tools category under District-wide Professional Development Website. 

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Epson Introduces Bright PowerLite 1930 for Meeting Rooms and Small Venues

Projector Delivers Full Suite of Connectivity and Features for Under $1000

LONG BEACH, Calif. – April 23, 2014 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced the PowerLite® 1930, a bright and feature-rich projector designed for small to medium sized venues including hotel or conference rooms, classrooms and houses of worship. Built on the success of the current line of PowerLite 1900-series projectors, the PowerLite 1930 ($999*) delivers 4,200 lumens of color brightness and 4,200 lumens white brightness2 and a suite of advanced digital connectivity options including HDMI and DisplayPortTM at a competitive price point.

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Teachscape Introduces New Online ELA & Literacy Courses to Help Educators Navigate the Common Core State Standards

Courses include video exemplars, expert commentary, standards-aligned teaching cases, and more

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2014—Teachscape has expanded its award-winning Teachscape Learn Professional Learning Suite. In addition to its online courses about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics, The Common Core Series in Teachscape Learn now boasts new video-based, self-paced courses on the CCSS for English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy. This interactive series, which was developed specifically to help educators understand and effectively implement the new standards, includes case studies, extensive expert commentary and more than 24 hours of course content.

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